I am so sad and I don't know if I did the right thing. I was happy to find two missing ducklings, now about three to four weeks old. However, they were totally alone and not doing well. I don't know where they've been all this time, but they've been away so long that their real mom (and a sibling) has rejected them. Last I saw these two, they were running through the lake's parking lot, then they suddenly show up at the lake entrance about two weeks later. When I first saw them, yesterday, they didn't seem distressed, so I left them alone. I figured that they may have been adopted by another female (they were very young when they disappeared and were within the time period where they could have bonded to another female/family). Today, early in the morning, I saw them still in the same place, fairly lethargic, but all the ducks were. It was in the upper 50s last night and they are about half feathered. I decided to go on my walk and check on them when I got back. When I did, one of them (Pip) immediately got up and moved fast when I approached. But, Peeper tried to get up, fell over, and stretched out. So, I grabbed him and got a box. However, Pip was not going willingly! I was not going to take one and not the other since Pip was screaming his head off running into the road looking for his brother. He was way too fast, so I let Peeper go and they were so happy, swimming, drinking and eating moss. Then, a family came by and started feeding the ducks. A coot viciously attacked Peeper who was too weak and slow to get away. Then, their mom and sibling attacked them and so did all the other ducks! So, the family helped me catch them and take them both to the rehabber. But, the rehabber seemed upset about me doing that and said that they were old enough to be on their own (they were still covered with a lot of down). I've never seen ducklings this age totally on their own and survive. It makes me wonder if I did the right thing. She said they would check them over and release them when they're bigger. I hope they wait at least a couple of weeks and not dump them back out there right away. I know they're tight on space, but I will be pretty upset if they release them too soon. Also, they took my name and personal information. Do you think I will get fined for removing them from the lake? I took them straight to the rehabber with no stops. And, I wonder if someone stole them when they were young and the released them back into the lake. Because if they weren't adopted by another female, then how did they survive all these cool nights all alone? Here's a picture of them I took yesterday. Pip in on the left, Peeper is on the right.